Fifteen days out from Election Day, TheFour.com -- the social media campaign in support of marriage equality in the four states where it is on the ballot this November -- launched a final, one-day push for much-needed funds for each of the four state coalitions fighting for marriage equality in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington State.

The link to the fundraising effort is here:  thefour.com/moneybomb.  Original art is attached.

Brain Ellner, one of the founders of the initiative, said: “In 15 short days we have the chance to make history and win all four ballot measures on marriage equality. If we do, our opponents will lose their key argument and we'll have demonstrated that public opinion has in fact reached the tipping point towards equality. We are ahead in all four. But the campaigns need every dollar. Now is the time for all of us to do everything we can and make equality history.”

Ryan Davis, another founder, said: “We hope that everyone who supports equality will re-post our Monday content or blog about it using our original art and share it widely with their networks, using hash-tag #15days4marriage.”

During the event on Monday, Oct 22 (15 days out from the election), followers will be urged to donate $15, $150, $1500 (or more) to the state marriage campaigns and can do so with one click from a custom Act Blue webpage. Donations of $15, $150, $1500 can be split among all four, or one can give any amount to each. All money raised goes DIRECTLY to the campaigns through their Act Blue accounts. Our initiative never touches the donations.

The independently-run state marriage equality organizations which will benefit from the Moneybomb for Equality are Mainers United for Marriage, Marylanders for Marriage Equality, Minnesotans United for All Families, and Washington United for Marriage. TheFour.com has made its own donation to each of these organizations. 

TheFour.com promotes marriage equality in exciting ways to remind supporters -- especially young people through social media sharing – to get out and vote. Its daily updates were recently cited by The New York Times as an innovative way to meet new technology-driven content expectations. USA Today said TheFour.com is “aimed at young people who live on sites such as Facebook and Twitter.”

The most recent polling suggests that for the first time marriage equality can win at the ballot box in all four states. On November 6, Maine will be voting on whether to legalize same sex marriage, Maryland and Washington voters will decide whether to confirm or reject marriage equality laws enacted by their legislatures. And Minnesota will vote on a proposed state constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality. 

TheFour.com is collaboration between nationally recognized leaders in social media and LGBT rights, including Brian Ellner, Ryan Davis, Jeremy Heimans and Andre Banks. It is organized as a project of Purpose Action Inc. which also serves as the home of AllOut.org, an online social movement of over 1 million members globally working to build a world where every person can live freely and embrace who they are. Funding for The Four was made possible by the generous founding contribution of Jason Goldberg, the founder of Fab, and from contributions by other supporters.

 
 

Washington, DC – Today President Obama called on Americans to support the freedom to marry when they vote on ballot measures in Maine, Maryland and Washington. The president has previously spoken out against a Minnesota proposal to exclude gays and lesbians from marriage in the state constitution. Washington residents are already voting by mail, while voters in the other three states will vote at the polls on Nov. 6.

“President Obama continues to be a transformational leader for LGBT equality,” said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin. “The president’s historic announcement of his support for marriage equality earlier this year sent a powerful message, particularly to LGBT youth, that no one’s hope of achieving the American dream should be curtailed simply because of who they are. In Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington, we enter the final two weeks of this hard-fought campaign knowing that the president of the United States joins our entire community in supporting their efforts to ensure that all people are treated with dignity and respect.”

"Today President Obama added a strong and personal ‘I do’ to voters still making up their minds on whether to support the freedom to marry in Maine, Maryland, and Washington this election, and Freedom to Marry applauds the president’s moral leadership in standing up for families, fairness, and freedom,” said Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide. “As the president said in May, ‘Same-sex couples should be able to get married … when we think about our faith, it’s also the golden rule.’ The right thing to do on these ballot-measures is to vote to treat others just as you would want to be treated – and let loving and committed couples share in the freedom to marry.”


Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.



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